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A Look at Oral Cancer Screenings

With April being Oral Cancer Awareness Month, it is no wonder so many Americans’ thoughts are turning towards this cancer. When caught early, oral cancer is very treatable. About 80 to 90 percent of people who are diagnosed early survive with little to no deformation. When caught in the later stages, the casualty rate jumps to 43 percent five years after diagnosis. You can catch oral cancer early by undergoing a screening done by Dr. Tilman Richards and our experienced team.

The Process

Screening for oral cancer in Corpus Christi, TX, is a fairly easy process. There are a number of tests and examinations that may be performed, if any symptoms are present. If any abnormalities are spotted, a tissue removal or biopsy will help determine the diagnosis. A typical procedure would follow these steps:

  • Examine the lips to check for changes in color or texture.
  • Look at the upper and lower-lip for abnormal lesions or red or white patches.
  • Check the inner cheeks for changes in color and texture.
  • Study the tongue for lumps, changes in color, lesions and other abnormalities.
  • Feel along the gums and tongue to check further for lumps.
  • Inspect under the tongue for abnormalities.
  • Scan the upper mouth, uvula and throat for signs of lumps, lesions, changes in color or other abnormalities.

This is a normal screening process that can be done by Dr. Richards. If anything is found, our team will discuss treatment options with you that fit your needs.

The Importance

Because oral cancer in Corpus Christi, TX, gets harder to treat in later stages, it is important that you have regular oral screenings. Your dentist can help you become familiar with the structure of your mouth, which will allow you to perform self-screenings between your normal dental examinations. If you would like to get an oral cancer screening, you should get in touch with our team. Call Dr. Richards at 361-238-2373 today to make your appointment.

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